PSYCHOTHERAPY

What is Psychotherapy? Psychotherapy can be considered an alternative healing therapy that involves learning to increase self awareness in order to realize maximum human potential, thereby helping us to live more authentically with improved relationships, professional and financial successes, balance and grace. Psychotherapy is a general term describing many specific types of therapy such as talk therapy, narrative therapy, psycho-social therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy and counseling. Psychotherapy treatments are commonly used for psychological problems on an individual basis, with couples, families and groups. Forms of communication used in psychotherapy healing can include writing, artwork, music and dramatic theater. A psychotherapy practitioner may be a psychologist, marriage and family therapist, occupational therapist, counselor, psychiatric nurse, licensed clinical social worker or psychiatrist.   What we refer to as psychotherapy medicine has been practiced as far back as ancient Greece.  It is thought that the first recorded use of psychotherapy was performed by Dr. Josef Breuer.  Dr. Breuer would go on to be a close friend, teacher and collaborator with Sigmund Freud.  Dr. Breuer observed a woman who suffered from paralysis felt better after she ‘talked’ to him about her symptoms.  It is thought Sigmund Freud employed this ‘talking cure’ form of treatment and later created what we refer to as ‘psychoanalysis’ in Vienna, Austria in 1881.  A trained neurologist, he began working with patients who were classified as hysterical.  He continued practicing psychoanalysis into the 1930’s.   His psychotherapy treatment work was later built on by Karl Jung, Anna Freud and Otto Frank among others.  In the 1940’s, pioneer Carl Rogers brought forth a humanistic approach which rose to prominence by the 1950’s.  Psychoanalysis, humanism and Ivan Pavlov’s work in behaviorism laid the cornerstones for teaching psychology in the United States today.   Psychotherapy is an alternative healing therapy that is a constantly growing. Today there are over 450,000 licensed psychotherapists in the United States.  General research shows that the average length of psychotherapy treatment is between 6 and 10 sessions.  It has been reported that Americans spend about $55 billion on psychotherapy annually.     All Things Healing promotes psychotherapy, an alternative healing therapy, with psychotherapy information presented in articles and video form.  For more and updated information, visit us online regularly!  

Introduction to Psychotherapy
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(Asst. Editor: Deborah Duenckel Allen, LCSW, DCSW) Nancy’s enduring interest and practice in psychotherapeutic healing arts stems from her own, very human life experiences of wou...
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Nancy Burnett, PhD
Tiffany has a doctorate in neurolinguistics. She is a certified dream analyst, and a certified hypnotherapist and registered member recognized by American Board of Hypnotherapy and P...
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Tiffany Ip, PhD

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by May Benatar, PhD

Some of the most transformational, not to mention, painful losses for me and for many I have known who have been in treatment with me, have not been around death and dying, but the more mundane losses. These losses do not have rituals, religious or secular, prescribed for them...

 

Editor´s Note from Nancy Burnett: Grief, loss, and shame are three areas of human experience that everyone experiences at one time or another. Dr. Benatar explores how these painful emotions are often experienced and offers suggestions for moving toward comfort, solutions, and recovery.

 

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by Shannon Cutts

Recently I finally got to watch “The Dallas Buyers Club,” starring two of my fav actors – Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner.

First of all (and just for the record), Matthew McConaughey will always be hot...

 

Editor's Note from Tiffany Ip: First off I totally agree with Shannon's remarks about Matthew McConaughey - he is hot and indeed an incredible actor! I also appreciate a lot her reflections on her painful past. Take a moment and look back over your life experiences. You may discover some of the bitter moments have now become your best learning moments.

 

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Editor´s Note from Nancy Burnett: Kathleen Taylor gets to the heart of authentic living through her experiences counseling the dying at hospice. She says, why wait? Why wait until the end of life to figure it all out--who you are and what your life's purpose is. Watch this captivating video to find out what she has learned from people facing their life's end.

 

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by Deborah Smilovitz Foster, PhD

Intuition is a way of comprehending perceptions in terms of past experiences, present possibilities, future goals, and unconscious processes. Intuitive children integrate new information, often including unconscious material, quickly and automatically...

 

Editor´s Note: Children have a natural ability to use the relationship in psychotherapy to access wounds and heal trauma.This article explores the nature of the dynamic between therapist and child that is guided by intuition.

 

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by Nicole Vidalakis, PhD

"If I felt better, I would want to exercise." This may be true. However, we have to get you into that state of feeling better. A more helpful (and also true) statement is, "If I exercise I will feel better." If you want to get picky about it (I have very smart clients who are very good at keeping me on my toes), the most accurate statement might be, "If I exercise it's very likely I will feel better. But if I choose to sit here and not exercise, I know I won't feel any better, and it's likely I will feel worse..."

 

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by Tiffany Ip, PhD
ATH Co-Editor of Psychotherapy

From my well over seven years’ worth of experience teaching classes and individuals of all levels and ages, I have learned along the way and grow to be convinced that a good mindset is an even stronger determinant of teachers’ effectiveness than good content knowledge...

 

 

 

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by Steven Handel

Our minds can be incredibly stubborn when they cling to old beliefs and perspectives.
This is because everyone’s beliefs are susceptible to a range of cognitive biases, or distorted patterns of thinking, which can hinder our learning and knowledge of how the world really works...

 

Editor´s Note: Cognitive Dissonance is an area of psychology that may help to explain why people sometimes ignore the advice they may actually need the most.

 

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Editor's Note: Mel Schwartz describes the normal process of anxiety that occurs when we are ready to make changes in our lives. He also points to the value of exploring our deeper feelings around the issues that cause symptoms.

 

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by Dawn Wiggins, LMFT

In the aftermath of a loved one dying from addiction, it is common to go through the “What If’s”.  It is normal for family members and loved ones often question if they did enough to intervene on the life of the addict or alcoholic as if this practice would absolve the supposed lack of action.  A death resulting from addiction is particularly tragic because it seems so preventable and unnecessary...

 

Editor's Note from Debbie Allen: Every time we lose someone to an overdose by drugs or alcohol, I ask myself why we don't do better to mobilize families to intervene more effectively so that the addict can get into treatment. Unfortunately when I look around for good residential treatment programs, they are often not funded by insurance, thus requiring family members to dip into savings or pensions to get loved ones the help that is desperately needed.

 

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Editor's Note from Tiffany Ip: This short video highlights a very important message: more and more therapists nowadays favor a holistic approach in psychotherapy, with the purpose of creating an integration of the body, mind and spirit. This leading edge therapy - frequently termed as Holistic Psychotherapy - is said to be able to help clients reach the deepest level of healing since it heals all parts of the whole person.

 

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by Holli Kenley

As we continue our conversation on betrayal and move along with the process of recovering from our injuries, I am reminded of an experience that I encountered about thirty-eight years ago.  I will never forget it nor its impact on me...

 

Editor's Note from Debbie Allen: Author Holli Kenley suggests the following four steps for beginning the healing process from betrayal in her book "Breaking Through Betrayal"...

 

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Editor´s Note from Nancy Burnett: Leslie Morgan Steiner was in “crazy love” -- that is, madly in love with a man who routinely abused her and threatened her life. Steiner tells the dark story of her relationship, correcting misconceptions many people hold about victims of domestic violence, and explaining how we can all help break the silence. Steiner calls us all to action to help stop abuse for ourselves and others.

 

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When You Hear Your Partner, Are You Listening?

by David McCann, Ph.D. & Janis McCann, Ph.D.

The art of listening is the heart of communication. We believe that if we do not come together and listen to one another, we cannot have a healthy culture. But if we do sit down and listen to one another, we can remake the world—one relationship at a time.

 

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